The British Invasion? No it’s Miley Cyrus and Max Azria

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Pictured: Miley & Max T-shirts at Walmart with British Phone Booths and Union Jacks. Although not due in stores until August, I literally stumbled upon an early display of the collection.

I’m not proud of it, but I decided to do a Walmart store run tonight to do a return. The return was something I bought online, not in the store. It was one of the worst experiences of my entire life. Why? Because the store was packed, packed on a Monday night. The line at the Customer Service return desk was so long, that I just gave up on my return and ended up doing some browsing. And what to my wandering eye should appear? Well, the Union Jack on a line of colorful $7.00 T-shirts created by none other than Max Azaria (BCBG) and Miley Cyrus. When my niece finds out about this stuff, she is going to call me, I just know it. She loves Miley as Hannah Montana. But there is nothing British about Hannah or Miley. So why is Miley the celebrity endorsing a line of British inspired tees? Is Miley now the poor man’s Kate Moss?

Pictured: It’s for real, Max and Miley have a “fashion” collection
The line is clearly designed for “back to school” tweens who want to look cool. Some of the shoes in the collection are very cute. There are also some cute ruffled shirts. But I have to admit, I don’t really want to outfit my little niece in these tween rock star duds. I beat a hasty retreat from the over crowded Walmart, back to the sanctuary of my car and Los Angeles traffic. (Yes, the 405 freeway seems less crowded than my local Walmart.) Shakespeare wrote, “Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.” In this case, it’s fashion. I mean seriously WTF, Miley and Max? Hmmm….I wonder if they’ll make a Union Jack purse like Topshop did. That would be really interesting. This I would love to see for less than $55.00 US!

Pictured: Topshop’s Union Jack clutch

Speaking of Topshop, they are having a summer canvas bag with purchase promotion. Check it out. The bags are very cute:

To learn more about my back to school shopping adventures, check out my interview with the Bargain Babe. I spent hours shopping for my niece & nephew’s stuff. It was exhausting! I’ll be writing another post on that later this week.


Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.